We are in Guatemala after months of planning, praying, and waiting. I have cried and laughed alot all in the same day. And we've only been here for 10 hours!!
I CANNOT WAIT to show you all the amazing videos and pictures we have taken.
My heart is captured by these children. And it has been broken all over again.
We made it to Guatemala City on time, with all our baggage, no delays, AND our shuttle was ready 4 hours early, so we got to spend the late morning and early afternoon with the kids. When they settled down for naps we headed down to the town for lunch with people here at the orphanage. After that, we were all feeling incredibly exhausted. I was more emotionally exhausted than I was physically. So I pulled a chair out onto the deck, put on some worship music, cried, and journaled. It was a very sweet time of renewal, and I ended my time with the Lord feeling encouraged and sure that God did want me down here for a reason other than to make me feel raw and broken over the plight of the orphans and fall in love all over again with Claudia. He has a specific plan and purpose for this trip that only HE knows and He will reveal it in HIS time. In the meanwhile, He has been so faithful in providing, loving me, and showing me His incredible love.
Tonight was a special night at the orphanage and I'm so thankful we got to take part in it. They threw a birthday party for a couple of the kids and we all celebrated with cake and ice cream. While the whole celebration is very bittersweet, it was a great evening. The highlight was seeing the "big girls" (Claudia and Ornoria) get bicycles. AMAZING! I have video of Claudia getting hers and it is precious.
I wish I could share all of the stories and bring each of you here to see the magnificent beauty, the precious children, and the works of our God!! I'm having some issues with uploading photos on here so you might have to wait till I get home for the big slideshow!